Second reply to Gripegut – Robert Boucheron

Image: Georges de La Tour, ‘Quarrelling Musicians’, 1625-30 Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, New York. From 1978 to 2016, he worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, Virginia. His short stories and essays appear in Fiction International, London Journal of Fiction, New Haven Review, Poydras Review, The Short Story, and other…

TWO POEMS – Alyssa Trivett

Image: Gertrude Greene – Related Forms, 1947 Alyssa Trivett is a wandering soul from the Midwest. When not working two jobs, she listens to music while chirping down coffee and scrawling lines on the back of gas station receipts. Her work has recently appeared at VerseWrights, In Between Hangovers, The Squawk Back, and in the first print issue of Ramingo’s…

ONE POEM – Michael Rerick

Image: Georgia O’ Keeffe – Blue Morning Glory, 1938 Michael Rerick lives and teaches in Portland, Oregon. Work recently appears or is forthcoming at Angel City Review, Horse Less Review, Potluck Magazine, Switchback, S/Word, and Waccamaw. He is also the author of In Ways Impossible to Fold, morefrom, The Kingdom of Blizzards, The Switch Yards, and X-Ray. From: Moss as briefly this our blue cars are dented this hairy…

ONE POEM – Sally Yazwinski

Sally Yazwinski was born and raised on her family’s dairy farm in Western Massachusetts. She went on to earn her M.Ed in moderate disabilities and taught middle school for six years. She then earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of Idaho. She’s currently living and going to graduate school in Cork Ireland, and…

ONE POEM – Wanda Deglane

                                            Image: The Mothers, Käthe Kollwitz, 1922 Wanda Deglane is a freshman at Arizona State University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her ultimate goals are to mend families, inspire as many people as…

Exploring the presentation of witchcraft and the supernatural in the work of Thomas Hardy – Georgia Tindale

Image: Jacket image of The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, Penguin Paperback (1999) Georgia Tindale works as an Assistant Editor in Amsterdam and is the co-editor of Porridge. She enjoys writing on a wide range of subjects including science, health and society, history, religion and postcolonial studies. Her poetry will be published in Laurel Magazine later this year, she tweets @tindale_georgia.  Exploring…

Little Brother – Jay the Echo (Music Video)

Jay the Echo is a Hip Hop artist and producer from the Bay Area, California. He is interested in the utilization of music and other media as a vessel for social change. For more material, visit jaytheecho.com.  Little Brother — Jay the Echo “I think people are realising that movies and TV shows do a lot of work…

TWO POEMS – Andy Stallings

Image: Rebecca Louise Law, a London-based artist who is known for her suspended flower installations, transforming spaces, via @womensart1 Andy Stallings lives in Deerfield, MA, where he teaches English at Deerfield Academy. His second collection with Rescue Press, ‘Paradise,’ will come out in 2018. He has four young children, and coaches cross country running.   Paradise  As she…

THREE POEMS – Charlie Baylis

Charlie Baylis is from Nottingham, England. He is the poetry editor of Review 31. He has published two pamphlets Elizabeth (Agave Press) and hilda doolittle´s carl jung t-shirt (Erbacce), a poem of his is featured in the Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear Press). He spends his spare time completely adrift of reality. A blue rose In twenty years’ time…

TWO POEMS – Joey Sheehan

Image: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian – Untitled, 2005-6 Joey Sheehan is a poet and essayist from Baltimore, Maryland. His work has appeared in Alien Mouth, The Avenue Journal, and The Cerurove. His first collection, New Queer Cinema and Other Poems came out locally in 2015. He is a graduate of University of Baltimore’s creative writing MFA program.  …

ONE POEM – Sally Yazwinski

Image: The Rothschild’s Surrealist Ball, 1972 Sally Yazwinski was born and raised on her family’s dairy farm in Western Massachusetts. She went on to earn her M.Ed in moderate disabilities and taught middle school for six years. She then earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of Idaho. She’s currently living and going to…

ONE POEM – Armen Abalian

Image: Zena Assi – Bridges over the city shore, 2016 Most of Armen Abalian’s artistic endeavors have been related to music and photography. Poetry is a relatively new field for him. That said, he has already been published a couple of times, most recently in Ghost City Review in May 2017. He currently divides his time…

ONE POEM – Carling Berkhout

Image: Giotto – Nativity, 1303-05 Carling Berkhout is a writer and musician, currently studying at Bennington College with a focus on the illustration/construction of girlhood, boyhood, and womanhood. The majority of her creative work deals with understanding identity and body within a gendered society. Her work has appeared in Quail Bell Magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, and…

Intercultural transfer in the poetry of Arun Kolatkar – Nora Selmani

Image: M. F. Husain – Man, 1951 Nora Selmani is an academic marketing executive, co-editor of Porridge Magazine and part-time witch interested in gender and diaspora. Her work has appeared in Dead King Magazine, FEMRAT, Peach Mag, O GOCE, and OCCULUM. She tweets @arbnoraselmani Intercultural transfer in the poetry of Arun Kolatkar ‘Lady if I start a poem in this country it will not…

Mitosis – Valerie Wu

Image via Wikipedia Valerie Wu is a student in San Jose, California. Her work has previously been featured in the Huffington Post, Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution, and We Are Three Dimensional. She was a National Gold Medalist in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her personal essay on race in America. A selection…

Confederate Statues – Robert Boucheron

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, NY. He has worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, VA. His short stories and essays appear in Fiction International, Fictive Dream, Litro, New Haven Review, Poydras Review, Short Fiction, and other magazines. This essay was previously published in Tuck Magazine. Confederate Statues Charlottesville is a…

ONE POEM: Ricky Garni

Image: Gabriele Munter, Snow at Sunset, Elmau, 1924 Ricky Garni has worked over the years as a teacher, wine merchant, composer and graphic designer. He began writing poetry in 1978, and has produced over thirty volumes of prose and poetry since 1995. His work can be found in many online publications, print magazines and anthologies and…

TWO POEMS – Stallion Dunquis

Image: Georgia O’Keeffe – Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock and Little Hills, 1935 Stallion Dunquis is a poet & modern troubadour based in New York City and Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.   Untitled  No rest until the final rest in fire Cold showers and a laugh at discomfort Sleep an hour, cut my hair with…

ONE POEM – Bradley Samore

Image: Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum – Quadra 04, 2016 Bradley Samore currently lives in North Carolina and is a high school English teacher.  His writing has been featured in various publications including West Texas Literary Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and SLAB Literary Magazine. Heat Lightning Out of the house and into the night flashes distract…

Mexico of the Imagination – Charles Haddox

Image: Remedios Varo – Still Life Resurrected (1963) Charles Haddox lives in El Paso, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border, and has family roots in both countries.  His work has appeared in over forty journals including Chicago Quarterly Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, Folio, and Concho River Review. Mexico of the Imagination In the fresh spring of childhood, I…

SHORT STORY: A Trip Back Down – Mark Thorson

Mark Thorson is the author of several screenplays, including the award-winning American Passage and most recently, of the collection of short stories, Final Delivery. Mark is also an alumnus of the prestigious American Film Institute.  Winter 1986 The end of Lewy Olson’s career arrived on a Sunday morning. It came during his eleventh season, shortly…

Towards a working definition of sexual consent – Amelia Horgan

Image via Emma Persky on flickr. Amelia Horgan is a writer and activist from London currently studying for a PhD in philosophy. Towards a working definition of sexual consent “It’s really great that we’re having conversations about consent now. But let’s not forget that the culture we live in is inherently coercive and non-consensual.” — ‘Fucked’ zine…

POETRY – Sam Arrowsmith

Image: Elijah Hiett on Unsplash Sam Arrowsmith is a recent graduate of the University of Birmingham. His academic background includes a biochemistry bachelors and a biotechnology masters. Outside of science, he is an aspiring comedian, writer and artist.   Princess on a plastic throne From the simple shapes of flat arid plains and stone box houses, she ascended…

TWO POEMS – Camille Castro

Image: Hannah Höch – Bouquet of Eyes, 1930 Camille Castro, 18, is a young poet from the island of Guam. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Sprout Magazine, tenderness, yea, and Minute Magazine. Aside from poetry, her interests include K-Pop, watching fashion vloggers on YouTube, and eating dim sum. Certainty Makers — They do not sing….

TWO POEMS – Nora Selmani

Image: elin o’Hara slavick – Tiny Bottle, 2008 Nora Selmani is an academic marketing assistant, co-editor of Porridge Magazine and part-time witch interested in gender and diaspora. Her work has appeared in Dead King Magazine, FEMRAT, Peach Mag, O GOCE, and OCCULUM. She tweets @arbnoraselmani. These poems were written about her grandfather, who recently passed away, and offer brief sketches…

Fresh II: David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez is from Spain and considers himself a lover of photography. He loves surreal photography and fashion photography. His main influences are Man Ray, Erwin Blumenfeld and above all Guy Bourdin. At the moment he is working on a series of photographs where he wants to pay homage to his photographic idols. His work has…

THREE POEMS – Austin Beaton

Image: Salvador Dali – Barcelona Sphinx, 1939 Austin Beaton studied Spanish and Creative Writing at the University of Oregon, where he was a finalist for the Walter and Nancy Kidd Memorial Writing Competition in Poetry. His work is set to appear in Peach Mag & (b)oink. He lives near the ocean in San Luis Obispo,…

The Church on the Hill – Robert Boucheron

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, NY. He has worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, VA. His short stories and essays appear in Bangalore Review, Fiction International, The Fiction Pool, Litro, London Journal of Fiction, New Haven Review, Short Fiction. The Church on the Hill A bell tolls the hours. It carries…

Women’s Rights in Kosovo – Iliriana Fteja

Iliriana Fteja is an aspiring writer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from DePaul University, with a passion for International Law and Human Rights. Currently taking a gap year and working for USA Today – Gannett, you can follow her on twitter to keep up with her opinions and political views. Featured image: ‘Thinking of You’, a 2015 exhibition…

The use of machines in Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ – Dong Liu

  Dong Liu is a postgraduate in British and American Literature from Beihang  University in Beijing. She is interested in fiction, psychology and cross-cultural communication. The use of machines in Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ In Death of a Salesman, the most successful of Arthur Miller’s plays, Miller insightfully foresees the negative effects that the…

An interview with Lisa Tindale

The quaint fishing village of Staithes on the North East coast will host the 6th annual Art and Heritage Festival over September 9th and 10th. The village was once home to a group of 20 to 30 artists known as the Staithes Group of Artists and the CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat, starring Bernard Cribbins, was filmed there. Staithes will…

SHORT STORY – Isabelle Weller

Isabelle Weller is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, where she studied BA English Literature with Creative Writing. She is now about to start a special needs teacher-training course / placement year. She is a keen reader. She wouldn’t say she has a favourite author, or book, but Franz Kafka’s writing never fails…

What Jesus Wrote – Robert Boucheron

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, NY. He has worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, VA. His short stories and essays appear in Bangalore Review, Fiction International, The Fiction Pool, Litro, London Journal of Fiction, New Haven Review, Short Fiction. What Jesus Wrote A passage in the Gospel of John, Chapter 8: 3-11,…

How is power imagined in relation to digital media? – Zoe Head

Zoe Head is a recent Drama and English Literature graduate from University of Birmingham. She is interested in future technologies and their ethical, philosophical and social implications and is an adamant fan of dystopian fiction.   How is power imagined in relation to digital media? At the beginning of her documentary, Citizenfour, Laura Poitras reads…

POETRY – Umang Kalra

Image: Frida Kahlo – The Wounded Deer, 1946 Umang Kalra’s poems have previously appeared in Blue Marble Review, Quail Bell Magazine, VAYAVYA, Esthesia Magazine, and Coldnoon. She has previously served on the Masthead of Inklette Magazine, and is currently involved in a year-long mentorship programme with Doireann Ní Ghríofa for women of colour in Ireland….

POETRY – Elden Morrow

Image: Yayoi Kusama – I Want to Live Honestly, Like the Eye in the Picture, 2009 Elden Morrow is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham – BA in English with Creative Writing – and is returning there to do an MA. He loves poetry and music that always appears to withhold something – lyrics…

POETRY – Chavonne Brown

Image: Jean-Michel Basquiat – Bird on Money, 1981 Chavonne Brown lives in Birmingham. He is soon to be a Creative Writing MA student at the University of Birmingham. A number of his stage plays have produced for the theatre and he hopes to do further work for the stage. He currently writes for The Unapologists…

Exploring how relationships are established across geographic and temporal boundaries through the utilisation of technology – Jess Ennis

Jess Ennis is a graduate from the University of Birimingham, film and culture writer for tmrw magazine, and marketing assistant who is interested in film, journalism and photography.  Exploring how relationships are established across geographic and temporal boundaries through the utilisation of technology In geographical research, the idea of the shrinking world has been a topic of…

The Loneliest Drag King – Johnny Jupiter

Image: Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria (1982) Johnny Jupiter aka Ar Booth is a trainee History teacher from Bradford. They studied History and Politics at University of Birmingham and did their undergraduate dissertation on the political subversiveness of drag kings while their MA dissertation was on the political subversiveness of female stand up comics. Johnny has performed…

POETRY – Sadia Pineda Hameed

Image: Helen Frankenthaler – Around the Clock with Red, 1983 Sadia Pineda Hameed is a third year English Literature student at Cardiff University whose interests include Deconstructionism, post-modern poetry, and exploring subjectivity through film and literature. She also edits Lumin.

NON-FICTION: Long twin silver line – Amber Tran

Amber D. Tran graduated from West Virginia University in 2012, where she specialized in lyrical non-fiction and contemporary poetry. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Cold Creek Review literary journal. Her work has been featured in Calliope, Sonic Boom Journal, Spry Literary Journal, Cheat River Review, and more. She has work forthcoming in The Stray…